My mom, the ACTRESS – third from right, middle row.  As ACTRESS she was Saturday Special Matinee Headlines.   Mom was happy;  ACTRESS was not.

Too bad.  Mom was sweet, kind, humble.  ACTRESS was witchy, rude, arrogant.  Even  Dad didn’t know mom.  He married ACTRESS and outlived her.  Had some good years after that.

Mom died young – only thirty-seven.  Didn’t look it.  Looked twenty-five.    Living one’s life and the life of another at the same time, is gruelling.   I wish my mom could have known herself.  Wish my dad had known my mom.

I wish it had only been ACTRESS who died.


PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Friday Fictioneers.  A challenge to write 100 word story inspired by picture prompt.  Hosted by Rochelle at

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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15 Responses to BOTH DIED

  1. This says Friday fiction— isn’t today Monday?

  2. granonine says:

    Julie, the prompt comes out on Wednesday, and while Friday is a good target, sometimes we just get too busy to make it by then 🙂

    Oneta, the conflict in the ACTRESS/mom is beautifully drawn. It’s hard, being two people at once.

  3. floridaborne says:

    Better than the relationship between Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Too many stories of actors and actresses who had to one-up their children. This fictional story, though sad, highlights an actress that just wanted to be a mother. I like the twist.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, there have been sad stories. As popular as the saying is that “you can have everything,” sadly it is not true. Everybody must prioritize. Even if one prioritizes his time to sit on the couch! High profile people generally have to work hard to keep that high profile (I think). Sadly children are often at the end of one’s busy stressful day and get the crumb of a parent’s time. My narrator, however, got quality time even if only a little. He loved his mom.

  4. neilmacdon says:

    I’m fascinated by people who become other people for a living

    • oneta hayes says:

      Not something I have much experience in, Neil. I have no desire to be anyone except me. And all my hats fit me perfectly, even if they are getting a bit ratty looking. 😀

  5. pranabaxom says:

    I hope it is just fictional.

    In many of us
    Lives another being
    Alas, by the time
    We know
    Bells toll
    Left with memories
    Eulogies undue
    We sing.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    Fictional to my experience, but I have heard those kinds of stories. Would be hard to be upper crust. Of course, they have nice stuff, but some are not nice stuff. Thanks. 😀

  7. Faye says:

    Because I know nothing about prompts and what you use for your blog posts, I have to stop and think if this is TRUE. World is confusing enough . Interesting writing. I have to completely separate my fiction from my truth. That’s why I got so much flack about my local historical stories. I clearly stated the HISTORY is 100% TRUE. The folk are fiction. My opportunity to put a fiction family and their legacy against the background of historical truth. I was criticised. ‘You are a Christian… should not be writing any fiction is spoils your testimony.’.; What did God say? His response to me was write fiction but keep ME as the Reason for the story. Write only what is of holy and Good Report. Wow! I have tried to do this. Blessings as you fulfill what you are doing. Your Passionate Christian witness shines thought this blog site. xx

    • oneta hayes says:

      Jesus taught many truths via giving object lessons or parables. I strive to have a purpose for (a truth in) my blogs. Thank you for sending me blessings on that mission. This one particularly was meaningful to me. The lessons God teaches me are generally worth passing on. The present day “entertainment” celebrities are so misguided. It breaks my heart to see their beauty so used and so useless.

  8. God bless you. How hard it must have been and how wise you are to have been able to separate the two and understand. You are amazing. Very touching.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I appreciate your kind words, but I hope they were addressed to the narrator who is fictional, not to me who is alive and very thankful to have had a very secure parentage. Thanks for the comment.

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